Situated at the entrance to Waitemata Harbour, this historic lighthouse was built in 1871 and its small hexagonal cottage provided accommodation for one lightkeeper. The light became automatic in 1912, and the iconic design now appears on a New Zealand beer brand.
Rangitoto Island erupted from the sea in a series of dramatic explosions about 600 years ago, and is now dormant. Its summit commands spectacular 360 views of Auckland and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. You will stopover here for 10 minutes.
North Head guards the entrance to the harbour and for this reason was made into an artillery battery in 1885 to defend Auckland from invasion. It has many interesting gun emplacements and tunnels to explore, not to mention great walks and views of the harbour.
The naval base in Devonport dates back to 1840 when William Hobson, then Governor of New Zealand, arrived on the HMS Herald and established Auckland as New Zealand's (short lived) capital. Today it is an important administrative centre for the Royal New Zealand Navy.
The Harbour Bridge opened in 1959 and took over 200 workers nearly 4 years to build. It originally only had four lanes (traffic increased so much that a further two lanes were added later on each side). If you so desire, you can climb or jump off the bridge with adventure company A J Hackett.
Chelsea Sugar, one of New Zealand's iconic food brands, has been producing sugar at this refinery in Birkenhead since 1884. Today the company produces 200,000 tonnes of raw sugar each year. The factory is situated in a beautiful privately owned park, which is open to the public.
The largest marina in the southern hemisphere, westhaven can accommodate up to 1800 boats ranging in sizes up to 28m. Nearby, the relatively new Viaduct Marina is home to many bars and restaurants as well as the Maritime Museum and several superyachts.